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Joint Commission Formerly Known as JCAHO

The Joint Commission JCAHO officially changed its name Jan. 8 to simply "The Joint Commission."

A December memo from JCAHO President Dennis O'Leary to all JCAHO employees reportedly revealed the name change plans.

"This change is simply intended make our name more memorable than the current 18-syllable Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations," reads O'Leary's memo.

"The shortened name signals and acknowledges the reality of progressive broadening of Joint Commission services and products in order to fulfill our mission," O'Leary continued. "We have lived this reality over the past two decades, and we will likely live it to an ever greater degree in the future."

Along with the name change are new logos for the Joint Commission and its publishing and consulting company, Joint Commission Resources Inc. (JCR), its Joint Commission International division and its International Center for Patient Safety.

Addtionally, it is no longer accurate for publications to refer to the Joint Commission as JCAHO, the organization's media relations manager, Char Hill, ABC, MA, told ADVANCE

The changes coincide with JCAHO's annual surveyor conference and training in Chicago.

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